Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wildfire smoke – air quality and health concerns

Smoke from wildfires or tobacco can damage the
lungs and aggravate respiratory conditions.
Officials are worried that the Colorado wildfire will burn all summer, and the airborne particles and chemicals from the wildfire smoke may affect people in regions far away.

Those with respiratory conditions such as asthma need to be careful about the amount of time they spend outside, especially exercising.

But even healthy individuals’ lungs can suffer from the irritants and toxins that can be found in wildfire smoke, doctors warn.

Exposure raises the risk of irritation and lung infections such as bronchitis.

Facts about fires

Wildfire smoke contains carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon, all known irritants to the respiratory tract.

If you can breathe the smoke in the air, it is already affecting you.

Older adults and young children are most vulnerable.

What you can do to protect yourself

Other than limiting time spent outside, there are many ways to minimize the risks of wildfires to human health.
  • Have medications refilled and know how to use them properly
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • For air conditioning systems, keep the fresh-air intake closed and keep the filter clean
  • Avoid burning things indoors (candles, fireplaces, gas stoves)
  • Limit vacuuming to avoid stirring up particles in the home
  • Do not smoke
  • Use an air purifier with activated carbon and HEPA to remove irritants, chemicals, odors, particles and other pollutants
Source: The Laramie Boomerang

Air purifiers for wildfire smoke

AllerAir's 5000 DXS
Keeping doors and windows closed is a great way to keep wildfire smoke out – but it also means indoor air pollution is allowed to stay or build up in the home.

AllerAir’s air purifiers for smoke feature a proven carbon + HEPA filtration system to remove the widest range of indoor air contaminants from the home or office.

For tobacco smoke as well as wildfire smoke, AllerAir’s 5000 DS provides the best protection and air filters.

Contact AllerAir for more information.

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